Last week, Afroman released a new remix to his 14-year-old single, "Because I Got High," in support of the legalization of marijuana. This week, he played to a sold out show at Hangar 9 in the college[...]
[Photos by Cody Deel] With a die-hard army of fans spreading across the globe, Bonobo has built up a reputation for himself for his DJ sets, as well as his shows with his live band. Last Friday night[...]
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Pink Talking Fish bassist Eric Gould. Even then, Gould was getting excited just talking about his band's upcoming performance of Dark Side Of [...]
STS9 at Best Buy Theater - New York City 10/17/2014 With the departure of founding member and bassist Dave Murphy in January of this year, leaving many fans in disbelief and wondering about the band'[...]
The Acoustic, in Bridgeport, CT, hosted what can only be described as a hard rocking funk fueled dance party this past Friday, October 10th. The beat behind Soulive and countless other musical endeavo[...]
Living Colour – Irving Plaza – Saturday, April 6th
On Saturday, April 6th, Living Colour will take the stage at NYC's Irving Plaza to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Vivid. To hear this monumental album played live in its entirety is not something that you get to see every day. To purchase tickets to what is sure to be a high-energy, full-on rock assault, click here.
For a band that went through two complete lineup changes in its early stages, what Living Colour founding member and lead guitarist Vernon Reid eventually found in a young Corey Glover on lead vocals, Muzz Skillings on bass and percussion, and Doug Wimbish on drums, was the recipe for what would come to be one of the most influential bands to come out of the 1980′s. With the well-established Reid finding discrimination from the record industry in every corner for trying to get an all-Black rock hybrid band into the mainstream, it wasn't until working on Mick Jagger's second solo album Primitive Cool in 1986 and truly impressing the rock icon with a Living Colour show at the legendary NYC venue CBGB's that the band was able to finally breakthrough.
Vivid, the band's first full-length album, was eventually released in 1988, and became a huge success. With three singles, "Glamour Boys", "Open Letter (To a Landlord)", and the hit "Cult of Personality", Vivid went on to reach #6 on the Billboard 200, as well as win a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The album also featured guest appearances from Chuck D and Flava Flav of Public Enemy on "Funny Vibe", and Mick Jagger on harmonica and backing vocals (as well as producing two tracks).
Really, when you look at it, Living Colour was the first band of its kind. A Black band playing rock and metal was virtually unheard of, mainly due to the racial discrimination that was running rampant in the music industry at the time. Living Colour paved the way for multi-ethnic bands like Rage Against Machine, Skunk Ananzie, and The Deftones. More recent developments have seen a host of rock units featuring Black musicians garnering considerable acclaim and audiences locally, nationally and internationally in the world of indie rock: TV On The Radio, Santigold, The Noisettes, Bloc Party, The Black Kids, Janelle Monae, Black JKS, and The Dragons of Zynth.
Over 25 years later, a 7-year breakup in the mid-90′s, getting back together and making two really good albums, including 2009′s social and politically relevant The Chair in the Doorway, and working on their own solo careers intermittently (including Glover joining forces with NOLA-funk powerhouse Galactic), Living Colour is set to take on a new era with their powerful brand of full-on, ass-kicking rock. Their live performance is something of legend since those early days at CBGB's.
Asked “Why Living Colour, again, and why now?,” Reid replies that he's never wanted to be in a “repertory band”—one looking to make its last hurrah on the nostalgic laurels afforded from songs recorded two decades earlier. "'For us the band has always been about possibilities, so the challenge was to dig deep and see what might be there for us to say to this historical moment. The rock genre still holds appeal because songs with lyrics allow you to concoct an emotional capsule that can speak to people for years afterwards."
Check out the iconic video for "Cult of Personality":
None of the top 10 reasons we love to hate Kanye West compares to what happened last Friday night in Sydney, Australia, when Mr. West literally stopped his show to criticize two fans for not standing [...]
Howard Stern sent one of his correspondents, Wolfie, out to a Phish parking lot prior to one of their summer shows. Wolfie interviewed a number of fans, just outside of The Mann in Philadelphia, and t [...]
A few months ago, former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir abruptly cancelled all of his tour dates without any specified reason, causing waves of concern throughout Deadhead communities. The only pe [...]
We could give some background here, but we'll let the YouTube video description from Casey Sanders do the talking on this one: "I showed up to my stand to bow hunt on Thursday October the 2nd and h [...]
The pairing of Papadosio with Lotus for an end-of-summer musical celebration at Red Rocks just made sense. Both bands, in addition to opening DJ group Orchard Lounge, played with palpable energy and p [...]
Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA once again played host to the second annual LockN' Festival over the past four days. The music was an interlocking tangle of various genres, with each day bringing [...]
Imelda May and her band took up shop at The Paramount on September 28th, fresh on the heels of the release of her new album, Tribal. The Irish Rockabilly Invasion has left no doubt that the hearts, [...]
Throughout his 15 year career, San Francisco’s Bassnectar has played countless music festivals, toured as frequently as possible and rocked sold out stadiums across America. But, up until last Satur [...]
We're about to embark on the road with our favorite funk powerhouse, Lettuce, hitting cities all over the US - from Austin to Nashville to NYC and many in between! Throughout the tour, the boys will b [...]
We had an absolute blast at this year's Catskill Chill. From the friendly and helpful staff, to the top notch musical acts and tribute sets from many genres, to the "chill" environment all around, th [...]
Gene Simmons recently made headlines by declaring "rock is finally dead" in an interview in Esquire. Never mind that the interview was conducted by Gene's son Nick Simmons, but the KISS icon couldn't [...]
It seems that whenever we post an article about Led Zeppelin, music fans are quick to point out the band's history of ripping off old blues musicians without properly crediting them. While blues music [...]
Read the Album Review
Read the Album Review
Read the Album Review
Help out Live For Live Music as a writer, photographer, or as a member of our street team for the chance to win awesome perks!